In Depth

  • Crystal ball gazing

    Forecasting foibles, GTAT’s travails and Japan’s grid squeeze

    Friday Focus | By Ben Willis - 10 October 2014, 11:21

    From conflicting solar forecasts to Japan’s growing grid issues, PV Tech rounds up another busy week in solar.

  • Mission Solar Energy: New PV star rising over Texas

    Guest Blog | By Sam Martens - 08 October 2014, 16:27 | 2

    In late 2011, Mission Solar Energy made the first of several bold decisions:  build a silicon-based PV manufacturing plant in the US, a market long dominated by thin-film technologies. An even more unusual decision followed to locate the company in San Antonio, Texas, rather than California or Arizona where US solar markets are well established. Then, Mission Solar made the gutsy move to push forward with the development of an n-type monocrystaline silicon based product when the market was being dominated by p-type multicrystaline silicon modules coming out of Asia.

  • aleo solar.

    PV Talk: Aleo solar on why innovation matters most

    Interviews | By Andy Colthorpe - 08 October 2014, 10:47

    Former Bosch subsidiary, the PV module manufacturer aleo solar, was rescued from liquidation in May. Managing director Günter Schulze explains how the company has risen from the nearly-dead and why quality matters more than quantity.

  • Betsy McCorkle NCSEA

    The unlikely solar state interview, the North Carolina Sustainable Energy Association

    Interviews | By Lucy Woods - 07 October 2014, 16:41

    Lobbyist Betsy McCorkle, the NCSEA’s director of government affairs talked to PV Tech about the surprise solar state.

  • Suntech’s saviour speaks as IEA plots PV’s path to world domination

    Friday Focus | By Ben Willis - 03 October 2014, 11:31

    From a rare appearance by one of PV’s biggest investors to the prospects for a revival of large-scale solar in Germany, PV Tech rounds up the week’s biggest solar stories from around the world.

  • npd solarbuzz

    Europe-China module floor price nudges down in Q4’14, but what will happen on 1 January 2015?

    Guest Blog | By Finlay Colville - 30 September 2014, 15:33

    It appears the waiting is over during September 2014 for Chinese suppliers (and all other suppliers of modules to Europe), regarding the minimum import price (MIP) for the 3-month period October to December 2014 (Q4’14).

  • EU PVSEC: Is module manufacturing in emerging markets on the move?

    Editors' Blog | By Mark Osborne - 29 September 2014, 10:31

    The globalisation of end market demand for PV as the technology becomes increasingly cost competitive has been one of the significant developments over the last few years. Mark Osborne explores which regions could now emerge as manufacturing hubs as solar goes global.

  • dupont

    EU PVSEC: DuPont places bet on next gen solar cells

    Editors' Blog | By Mark Osborne - 24 September 2014, 12:01 | 1

    At any technology focused conference, especially in the PV industry the lack of a unified technology roadmap means that picking the winners from the losers is immensely problematic. From EU PVSEC this week, Mark Osborne reports on DuPont’s attempts to do just that.

  • imec

    Accelerating photovoltaic R&D via joint collaboration

    Guest Blog | By Philip Pieters - 12 September 2014, 07:00 | 1

    To sustain growth, the solar cell industry must constantly find better and cheaper technologies. Imec’s Philip Pieters explains how in the quest to innovate manufacturers can benefit from working together.

  • FSLR

    Rare to find a rare-earth metals report that doesn’t scare

    Editors' Blog | By Mark Osborne - 11 September 2014, 11:57 | 1

    A UK Energy Research Centre (UKERC) and Energy Research Partnership (ERP) report that looks at the materials availability for a low-carbon future analysed much of published data on rare-earth metals such as indium and tellurium but didn’t panic over material supply issues, something quite rare in itself.

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